Author Archives: Dick Brennan

Wild World of Politics
Wild World of Politics

Dick Brennan

A bog of corruption


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“Swamp Thing” was a 1982 sci-fi thriller by horror maven Wes Craven.  There was a horrible sequel in 1989, “Return of the Swamp Thing.” I came to miss those “Swamp” movies, but then I started covering Albany on a regular basis a few years ago, and encountered what many have described as a political swamp. […]

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Throw the bums out


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If you go through State Senator Malcolm Smith’s district in Hollis, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have a kind word to say about him.  Smith has been popular there for years, bringing home the bacon. He had made what was seemingly an abortive attempt to run for mayor, but a try on the […]

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Spring fever


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I was walking on 7th Avenue last week and noticed a baseball cap that had a vaguely familiar look to it. At first glance I thought it was a San Francisco Giants cap, but on closer examination, I noticed the insignia in orange: an interlocking Y and G.  Aha!  The Yomiuri Giants of Japan. And the […]

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Banning the bubbles


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So the soda ban has been banned. Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative has, for now, fizzled out, and most of New York is celebrating. Instinctively, people don’t want to be told what to do, especially when it comes to food. But there are two sides to this case. The judge in this case, Milton Tingling of the […]

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Falling skies


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Chicken Little has finally been proven correct. The sky is really falling! A meteor landed in the Russian city Chelyabinsk, and in the age of “record everything,” there were plenty of different camera angles, all designed to terrify. Experts say meteorites, as they are called when they enter the earth’s atmosphere, hit the planet all the time, but usually not in populated areas. More […]

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What a show


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Until I sat down to write this column, I’d forgotten how long I’d known Ed Koch. “Known” is a funny word.  Of course everybody “knew” Ed Koch.  But I first worked with him more than 25 years ago, when he was still Mayor, and I was a producer at WMCA radio.  Koch would come in […]

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Don’t hold your breath


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I did not attend the inauguration this year, the first one I’ve missed since 1996. But much like a football game, I find you see a lot more watching it on TV. It’s funny to see politicians on the Capitol steps, schmoozing and pretending to like each other. And, really, how can you top 2009, […]

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A boardwalk without boards


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The Rockaway boardwalk was shredded by Sandy. The damage between 110 Street and Beach 88th Street was overwhelming. I was stunned to stand at Beach 99th Street across from the St. Camilus school gym. For the past five years I’ve participated in a February “polar plunge” there to raise money for cystic fibrosis. But the […]

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Heroes in the face of horror


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I’ve now covered the two worst mass shootings in American history. The massacre in Newtown comes just five-and-a-half years after a student at Virginia Tech shot and killed 32 people on campus. The Newtown shooting is much closer to home, and involves the unimaginable death of 20 elementary school children. We did speak to some […]

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Holidays out of hand


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time to make like the Griswolds from “Christmas Vacation” and trot out the holiday decorations. Back in the day it was simple: put a wreath on the door, and if you wanted to get really fancy, string some lights along the windows. That’s the way we did […]

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Something about Hillary


| dbrennan@queenscourier.com

Hillary for mayor? As unusual as that sounds, it apparently has a nice ring to it for Mayor Bloomberg. A report says Bloomberg called the Secretary of State recently and encouraged her to run for mayor. Mrs. Clinton was not interested. She might have her eyes on the White House, and perhaps considers that job […]

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The ‘new normal’ after Sandy


| dbrennan@queenscourier.com

Last February I participated in a “polar plunge” into the ocean at Beach 99th Street in Rockaway Beach. I remember thinking how beautiful the boardwalk looked, even in the height of winter. The ocean looked mean, and felt (at 38 degrees) even worse. But this beach town in the city still had a warm majesty […]

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